How Much Do You Know about German Marriage Culture?


The result of beautiful love is going to marry. Traditions, of course, vary from region to region, and today we will learn about German wedding culture.

Stag night

This is often the night before the wedding when the couple throws a big party for friends to basically break a bunch of stoneware and porcelain – for good luck, chase away evil spirits.

Once all the dish-smashing has reached its conclusion, the bride and groom are given the enviable honor of cleaning up the mess, as a symbol of how they will need to work together for the rest of their lives.

Kidnapping the bride – A typical marriage culture in Germany

Another widespread German tradition is to ‘steal’ the bride before the wedding. The best man was honored with the task to take the bride to a pub while leaving hints for the groom to find them.

The bride and her kidnapper could drink until the groom showed up to ‘free’ his bride by paying for the bill. Sometimes this ritual ends badly. Nowadays, bride-abduction is more common in villages.


In the late 19th century, many German brides choose a white dress and veil. However, more and more brides today want to marry in color โ€“ even combinations of black and bright red are allowed.

German grooms usually go for a formal wedding suit in a neutral color, accessorized with a tie, cufflinks, and handkerchief matching the bride’s dress. It is completely forbidden for the partner to see the wedding dress before the ceremony, as it is said to bring bad luck.


Another tradition is to collect coins for years and buy wedding shoes for the bride with this money. One of these cents can be saved to be put into her left shoe at the wedding, ensuring wealth for the bride and her love.


German brides traditionally carry a bunch of hand-hold flowers, given to them by their partner at the wedding ceremony. After that, the unmarried women gather behind the bride, who throws the bouquet over her back.

Whichever lady catches the flower bouquet is said to be the next in line to get married.

Veil dance

Traditionally, the bride is assumed to wear her white bridal veil until midnight, followed by the bridal veil dance. During the dance, the women try to tear off a piece of the fabric.

According to the legend, whoever tears off the largest piece will be the next bride!

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